Sunday, 01 January 2017 00:00

Reflections on the film POVEDA after its screening in Uruguay


The year 2016 has come to an end. Since March 4, date of the premiere of the film POVEDA in Spain, it has been screened in several cities of many countries with very positive feedback and, above all, the possibility to share the life and message of Saint Pedro Poveda. In this note Rosario Alvez reflects on the screening of the film in movie theaters in Montevideo and Paysandú, Uruguay.

The film was shown for a week in each city. It was an encounter of various generations, alumni, friends of the Teresian Association (TA) and families. The film was an invitation to remember and to give thanks for the work of Father Poveda. It brought to memory moments of formation, of personal and group growth in contact with his vocation and his humanistic, pedagogical, Christian proposal. One teacher said: "Very authentic film on the life and work of Father Poveda. I relived what I already knew and reaffirmed the values ​​of his proposal. Excellent production." A youth minister from Paysandú said: "It served me to learn more about Poveda's life. Very good; it is a summary that allows us to understand where the TA comes from. Very good pictures and the end is very well done." Another one said: "we have been visited by Poveda in Uruguay." In Paysandú, at the end of the film an alumna and her father sang the Rumba to Poveda.

I take up the expression referring to Poveda's visit to the country because of the significance of his proposal in the historical and cultural context of Uruguay. From 1877 the Varelian Reformation takes a transcendental step in the Uruguayan culture: a law that establishes among its principles the secularity of Education and gives rise to the future separation of Church and State. Secularization is a process that marks the cultural roots that allows the Church to be free of all political power but all Education and formation of children, youth and educators is empty of the evangelizing content. It is the effort and the vocation of religious and numerous lay people who yesterday and today give their testimony in silence, and are loaded with gestures and attitudes that communicate the joy of faith in the media, in networks, in Education, in the street and in relationships. Watching the movie in this context that characterizes the Uruguayan culture makes everyone think. It highlights two aspects that are a message for this country: the value of lay people, their vocation and mission that are a daily source of Gospel proclamation in various ways and the role of women working together in the transformation of society. The evangelizing mission of education in secularized structures makes new sense when watching the film.

The figure of the priest Poveda impacts everyone. Many priests watched the film. They felt identified with him in different aspects and received a boost to their ministry being praying priests, confident, studious of the reality and with a life surrendered to God to the last consequences.

In Uruguay we expect a new screening in March in another city in the interior of the country. We thank the TA. Its charism, received by St. Pedro Poveda and offered to the Church, is present here, in the heart of friends an of the people who saw the film. 

Rosario Alves, from Montevideo



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